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Roslyn scored early, despite an even opening period, and carried that on to beat Green Island 4-2 at Ellis Park in the clash of the two top teams.
The early goal was a well-worked team goal that involved some neat midfield interplay.
In the end. a cross by Matt Cordelle from the right was guided home by Nick Treadwell.Roslyn then misplaced a back pass, which allowed Lewis Wall to dart in and required a smart save from Tom Stevens.
Green Island finished the first half the stronger with a number of crosses into the box, but was unable to find the equaliser. A close-range shot from Green Island drew the best out of Stevens early in the second half. Roslyn’s Nathan Wilkie then delivered a ball into the box that captain Harley Rodeka slotted home, scoring his first goal of the season to make it 2-0. Green Island came close when Tom Milton’s free kick was just tipped around the post. Soon after, Roslyn went 3-0 up as Cam Anderson found space up the middle, drew the keeper Stew Catto in and laid it off to Tennesse Kinghorn for a side foot finish. Anderson then scored himself with a neat finish into the bottom left-hand corner to make the game safe at 4-0. Green Island showed its mettle and scored two late goals through Tom Milton and Cody Robinson to make the final score 4-2 to Roslyn.
Caversham made sure its recent profligacy in front of goals would not haunt it again with a ruthless 9-1 win over Northern at Forrester Park. With Andrew Ridden and Alan McBride back in the team, it raced to a 4-1 halftime lead thanks to a brace from Ryan Fleming and a goal apiece to Ben Wade and Ridden. There was no respite in the second half as Ridden added two more to claim a hat-trick and Fleming added a penalty to get his own hat-trick. Wade chipped in with another and Jared Grove came on to complete the scoring in a comprehensive 9-1 victory.
At Logan Park, University claimed its second win of the season with a 4-2 win over Mosgiel.
Two early goals were traded in the first six minutes when University’s Harry Gaskin’s second-minute opener was cancelled out by Mosgiel’s Fernando Montado four minutes later. Dominic Scahill put the students ahead with an 18th-minute penalty when Mosgiel keeper Sean McDonald received a yellow card for a reckless challenge.
Mosgiel’s top striker, Regan Coldicott, restored parity win the 29th minute. University went ahead in the second half, thanks to a brace by Caleb Roberts in the 55th and 79th minutes, and Mosgiel was unable to reply.
- Neville Watson